Posts tagged blogging breakthrough challenge
Official Launch – Get Your Hands on the Blogging Breakthrough Ebook!

Well we spent the month of January on the Blogging Breakthrough challenge. As we were coming towards the end I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if people could get their hands on this all in one place?”

That’s where the eBook started.

For the past few weeks I’ve been busting my butt to get the content sorted and trying to get this book as close to perfect as possible. I always wanted to write an eBook, and although this project has been challenging, it’s also taught me a hell of lot.

So today, I am really excited to announce that you can now get your hands on the Blogging Breakthrough eBook!

Here’s what you can expect to find:

  • 28 tasks
  • 100+ pages
  • 1 Breakthrough
  • Unlimited support
  • FREE

Yep you read right – this will be 100+ pages of free content for you.


Look, I get it – I’ve been there. You’re throwing everything into building your blog, yet you feel stuck like you’re not getting there. You’re on social media and publishing content, but you’re not seeing the growth you want. You’ve got lots of ideas, but you don’t know what direction to go in and there are too many things to look at which is clouding your vision of who you are.

Here’s the thing – many people think they’re stuck in one of two places: they’re either just starting out with their blog and trying every single strategy to see what will work, or they’ve been blogging for a while, want to try something new and don’t know where to start.

Let me tell you something – it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to waste time and spend money to start growing your blog and online presence.

You don’t have to do it yourself.

The Blogging Breakthrough eBook is the only no-fluff, self-study guide to growing a fulfilling online presence you’ll find of its kind online.

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How to Put Everything into Action to Get a Blogging Breakthrough

We made it – today officially marks the final day of the Blogging Breakthrough Challenge. Can you believe it? I really hope you’ve found this series as worthwhile as I’ve found creating it. But it’s not over yet. We've still got the final day to go…

Over the past 28 days we've covered a lot. We've talked content. We've talked social media. We've talked organisation. We've talked inspiration. We've talked about all the main things you need to get a breakthrough with your blog.

Really, there’s only one thing left to do. So to wrap up the 28 Day Blogging Breakthrough challenge, it only seems right to talk about how we can put everything into action. It’s all well and good doing these tasks for 28 days. But you want to keep on doing them. Some are tasks you can do every day – some are ones you can do every month. So on Day 28, we’re going to go through all the tasks we've done and block out when they need to be done so you can achieve a constant breakthrough with your blog.

I figured that the easiest way to do this would be to split these into daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and one-off tasks. That way, you’ve got this to come back to or you can make notes in your own planner to remind you. I'm going to put the number of the task by each point so you know exactly what day of the challenge you need to refer to. So here we go!


Every day

Plan your day (9)

Find something that inspires you (11)

Snapchat away! (20)

Interact on social media (21)

Every week

Write a list (8)

Find your optimal social media posting times (17)

Do something on Periscope (22)

Every month

Create your editorial calendar (4)

Sort out your blog files (7)

Write a list (8)

Plan your images (13)

Create and review your social media plan (18)

Plan content for your mailing list (23)

Take a break (27)

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3 Reasons Why Taking a Break Is so Important

“Taking a break” is one of those phrases you hear a lot. But for me (and I'm sure for many of you) – it's a struggle. I come from a hard-working and motivated family, so the concept of being dedicated and working for what you want has been instilled in me since I was young. Even now, I can’t come home from work and do nothing, even if I’ve had a really tough day. I’ll do things. I’ll be active. And if I’m poorly? I have to be doing at least something, even if it’s just reading on the sofa.

I know you’ll find all of this really familiar. I know you’ll have the same battle on an almost daily basis. Just this week I saw someone say they had loads of blog photos to shoot but they wanted a nap. And do you know what stops us from giving in?


We’re a generation with side projects. We’re the generation that doesn’t sleep. We’re a generation that always wants more and is always doing something. So it’s no wonder that taking a break is so difficult for us to do!

But this is a really unhealthy way to live.

If you’ve been joining in with the Blogging Breakthrough Challenge, you’ll know that I’ve been pushing you. I’ve been pushing you to try things outside of your comfort zone and I’ve been pushing you to work hard. So far, it’s been 26 days of hard work. That’s what a challenge is all about, right?

Come next Monday, it’s all about putting what you’ve learnt into action. So I think Day 27 in the challenge is best spent away from your blog altogether. You've got to let your mind rest, step back from the daily grind of blogging (and your full-time job if you’re like me), and enjoy other areas of your life. Because guess what?

Your blog doesn’t define your life.

So on Day 27, let’s talk about why it’s so important to take a break and how it can actually benefit your blog in a really good way.

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How to Have a Great Content Inspiration Session

One of my favourite parts of blogging has got to be coming up with new ideas and planning my content. Your content is one of, if not the major player when it comes to your blog. It helps you get across your message, make an impact with your readers and leads to growth too. Our blogs can’t function without content.

But if there’s one question I'm asked really frequently, it’s this:

How do you come up with so many ideas?

You want to be purposeful with your blog, right? You want to only share content that means something to you and that your readers are going to enjoy. Intentionally planning that content is one of your biggest challenges as a blogger. And that’s where Day 26 of the Blogging Breakthrough challenge comes in. Creating consistent and focused content will do a lot for your blog over time. So let’s talk about how you can have a great content inspiration session.

Where Do I Start?

The first thing you need to do is plan when your content inspiration session is going to happen. I’d say you need a good morning or afternoon. Pick a day, put it in your diary and stick to it. That way, you won’t be worrying about it and you’ll be ready for when the day arrives.

#1 Get Your Space Set Up

The word “inspiration” is a key part of this post for a reason. Your space needs to inspire you in order for your ideas to happen. You want to have a lot a room. You want to make sure you’ve got all your equipment. You want to make sure you’ve got no interruptions. Whether it’s at your desk, on your bed or on the floor – make sure that it’s a space that’s going to be best for your content ideas session.

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Why You Should Buy a Book to Help You Blog

Over the past few years, I've been reading fewer and fewer books. Give me blogs and magazines any day, but an actual book? It’s safe to say that it’s been a while. That was until last summer when I got a creative inspirational book for my birthday. Since I've started reading it, it’s made me realise how important it is to read a book. It creates so much joy and can actually support your self-development more than the online world ever can.

So as part of the Blogging Breakthrough challenge, when we’re finally getting to that stage where we’re putting things into action, this is the perfect thing you need. It’s time to start focusing on yourself and growing your creative imagination with some good old-fashioned reading.

Why Are Books so Beneficial?

When you’re a child, you don’t even think twice about reading. I used to devour book after book after book – some I've definitely read more than once. I loved escaping into another world and tying myself to each story. It’s important for your growth into adulthood – but it’s given me a completely different perspective now.

No matter whether you’re 14 or forty, that feeling of opening a page of a fresh new book never goes away. Now I'm 24, I realise even more how big of a part reading plays in my personal development. Here are some other reasons why I think reading is so beneficial:

It Gets You Away from the Noise

When you’re reading a book, you’re just reading. All you need is somewhere comfy to sit, your drink of choice (tea for me) and a book. You don’t need social media, you don’t need your notifications popping up every minute – you need quiet. That’s why I want to get back into reading more.

Our lives are surrounded by so much noise lately, coming in every direction. Emails, notifications, messages, to-do lists – it’s like we always have to be tuned in so our mind never relaxes. Reading a book lets you completely switch off from everything. You don’t have to worry about whether or not you shared the link to your latest blog post or whether you replied to that email. The point of reading is so you can let go of all that and distance yourself from the noise to enrich your life.

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A Little Guide to Becoming a Brilliant Guest Blogger

Guest blogging can seem like a dreaded three syllable word to some people. The realisation of letting someone new talk to the audience you've carefully built up & nurtured throughout your blogging life can seem daunting. These are some of the anxieties shared by many bloggers. But the thing is, once you peel back those fears and anxieties, you soon being to realise that guest blogging in a collaborative sense can be one of the best things you've ever done.

The Power of Guest Posting

Guest blogging or guest posting is when you allow another fellow blogger to share their ideas and content through a post on your own blog. This can be a one-off post or a series of blog posts. Guest posting can be so rewarding and can really engage & benefit your readers. With many of us setting our blogging goals, I'm sure there are elements of your blog you'd like to expand or develop. You might be an interiors blogger who'd like to branch out into food blogging, or a lifestyle blogger who'd like to incorporate more craft or colour trend reports into your blog. This is where building that community and content through expert guest bloggers & guest posts can help immensely. And this is something I'd like to develop over on my own blog too.

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6 of the Best Reasons A Mailing List Can Help Your Blog

You hear about mailing lists all the time, right? Why you should have one, how to start one - it seems like they’ve really blown up over the past few months. I know this, because not only have I seen a lot of blog posts talking about mailing lists, but I’ve also done my fair share of writing about them too. 

Because there’s so much content out there about mailing lists, it’s safe to say that a lot of us have either got one, or we’re thinking about creating one. But we’re doing it without really thinking about it - we’re doing it without thinking how it can help us. We’re doing it “just because.”

Yep, I said it. At the moment, I feel mailing lists are like a trend. Like peonies and red Starbucks cups - we get them just because we see that other people have got them too.But when it comes to mailing lists, we can’t just do that. We can’t manage it without a strategy. We can’t manage it without knowing its purpose.

Did you know that having a mailing list is one of the biggest ways that help you to get a breakthrough with your blog? It’s true - because that’s what it’s done for me. So today as part of the #BloggingBreakthrough challenge, I’m taking away the fluff and sharing seven HUGE reasons why and how mailing lists can help your blog.

#1 You Can Share More Valuable, Inspiring Content

We’re going to start off with the most important point here, because I know you all know that when it comes to blogging, it’s your content that matters the most. 

Recently, it seems like content that provides “value” is the only content that’s going to get you results. There’s been a huge transition from quick 300 words posts that glaze over a topic briefly, to longer form content with real life tips and high-quality information. I know this because not only is this something I’ve found myself doing, but I’ve also seen a lot of other bloggers do this too. 

Your readers visit your blog for a reason. You give them something that makes them keep coming back. 

That’s exactly the same with your mailing list.

If you provide your email subscribers with extra high value information, they’ll be so much more likely to visit your blog more often. So instead of writing five posts per week, why not cut it down to four and use the other one to write to your mailing list? By switching your focus slightly, you’re not reducing the amount of time you spend working on your blog - you’re actually benefitting it more. 

Use your newsletter as a way to truly connect with your audience. Share a story from your week or the biggest thing you’ve learnt. Let them in on what’s been stressing you out and what’s been making you happy. Then link to some of your latest blog posts to get them to go straight to your blog.

The possibilities here are endless. With a mailing list, you’re allowing people to receive more content from you. And if this is good content, your subscribers will grow and so will your blog too.

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How to Use Periscope to Help Grow Your Blog

The sheer idea of Periscope terrifies me. It almost literally makes me break out in a cold sweat. I barely show my face on my blog let alone broadcast live to the world. So why did I gravitate to this task when Holly requested guest posts for the Blogging Breakthrough Challenge?

I think trying things that scare you make you stronger.

It’s ridiculously easy to set up Periscope. It takes about 30 seconds of your time and isn't painful to do. As long as you have a Twitter account it’s easy. My fiancé joined Periscope before me, which is a first for us since he’s not a big fan of technology. But he has quickly become obsessed with it as its something that gives you a peek into other people’s lives from around the world. I've watched a woman walking a ferret in Sweden, a man broken down on the highway in the USA and teenagers driving around Dubai.

Your broadcasts can be as long or as short as you want. People can start watching at any time and may ask you questions that will appear in speech bubbles on the bottom left corner of the screen. If they like the broadcast then you will see hearts on the bottom right of the screen. They can also leave the broadcast whenever they please.

Periscope is an interesting platform that can be beneficial if you have a blog or business.

It’s just another way of communicating with your followers but live and in real time. I think it’s ideal if you have a YouTube channel and are looking for the next challenge.

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How to Interact with People to Boost Your Social Presence

If you’ve been joining in with the #BloggingBreakthrough challenge, you’ll have noticed there’s been quite a theme this week – social media. We've talked plans, platforms and posting times. You know how beneficial it is to you as a blogger. And you know how much fun it is too. I chat to lots of you who read ABOH over on Twitter and follow many of you on Instagram – that’s what a community is all about. It’s a two way street. But how do you grow that community? How do you get people to start talking to you? How do you build relationships?


It’s great having an audience. But it’s even more valuable to create an engaged audience. After all, really, these are the people that make blogging possible – they’re there to read your posts and spread the word, which means you want to keep on creating and creating.

Your community can become your biggest supporters and even your friends. It’s mad how I've got friends who are people I've never met. But it’s because I've engaged and interacted with them that has made this possible. So today, as part of the #BloggingBreakthrough challenge, I wanted to chat to you about how you can boost your social media presence by INTERACTING with others.

#1 Study Your Followers

First off, know when your audience is online. Brilliant blog posts and fantastic flat lays won’t be any good to you if your community isn't there to see them. Luckily for us, there are some great tools out there that help you find out exactly when your followers are going to be active.

For Twitter, you want to use Followerwonk - just put your Twitter handle in and it’ll tell you what times of the day your followers are most present. Then you can sync this with your Buffer schedule so you’re scheduling tweets for when you know people are going to see them.

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Why You Need to Get on Snapchat Right Now

I’d put good money on the fact that the majority of you reading this post are on Twitter. I’d bet even more that you’re on Instagram. But I wouldn't be so sure about this app – Snapchat.

100+ million monthly users, 700 million snaps sent daily – it sounds pretty impressive, right? And it is. No other social media platform allows your audience to pay complete attention. When you’re tuning into a snap, that’s all you’re doing until it disappears.

As bloggers, we know that social media is a really beneficial tool for us. It gives us a way to promote ourselves and what we do, form relationships with our readers and lets us show who we really are – and Snapchat does that more than anything else.

But I get it – how do you even use Snapchat? I avoided it for ages because I didn't know what to do with it. Now I'm addicted. So let’s dive into Day 20 (!) in the #BloggingBreakthrough challenge and why you need to get on Snapchat right now.

So, what even is Snapchat?

Snapchat is like texting with photos. It’s instant. You can take photos and videos and instantly message them to your audience as “snaps”. There are loads of special features to use and of course, you can add emojis and captions to your photos too. When you’re ready to send a snap, you can choose to let your audience view it for between 1-10 seconds. I’d say instead of sending snaps straight away, definitely add them to your story – this keeps a really good flow going.

Then, your snaps will stay there for 24 hours. And once they’ve gone, they’re gone forever. That’s what makes Snapchat unlike anything else.

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5 Reasons Why Twitter Lists Are Amazing

If you’re using Twitter but you’re not using Twitter lists, you’re really missing out.

This is the one thing I wish I’d learnt when I first started out on Twitter.

Your feed is hard to keep up with at the best of times. I'm betting you follow a lot of people – and with retweets, quotes and some sponsored content, it can be difficult to take it all in.

You don’t want to miss the best tweets. You don’t want to miss the best opportunities. But how do you make sure you see them?

With Twitter lists.

These let you see the most important, exciting and original content from the people that you’re bothered about the most. It’s like you’re using Twitter more than what its purpose is. You’re using it intentionally and mindfully.

I absolutely love Twitter lists. Like Tom said yesterday, not only can they help you find inspiration, they’re also there to find communities and to look for opportunities to interact.

But there are so many other ways to use them too. So today’s task in the #BloggingBreakthrough challenge is all about why Twitter lists are so great and how you can make the most of them.

Why Are Twitter Lists so Great?

You Can Create Lists of Your Favourite People

Your favourite bloggers, brands, friends, magazines – you don’t have to scroll through your entire feed to see if you’ve missed their updates. You can make sure you catch all of them by putting them into a special list. I have a Twitter list that’s exactly like this, and honestly? I never scroll through my entire feed anymore – I've got the most important updates right where I want them.

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5 Useful Steps for Creating an Effective Social Media Plan

Gone are the days when social media could take a back seat in getting yourself known online. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn - they are now so saturated with the claims of bloggers and businesses each vying for their market share, that simply having a presence on these social platforms is no longer enough. You need a proper social media plan to give yourself the best possible chance of standing out from your competitors.

This is a guide for you to achieve that, with five steps to help get you started and then repeat over and over until your social media presence is flourishing.

Please remember though that this takes time - people will not flock to your website within a week, perhaps not even after six months. But if you put as much hard work and effort into your social media plan as you do creating brilliant blog posts, there is no reason why your social platforms cannot become a valuable asset for your work and career.

So let's get underway focusing on two of the most useful social platforms for bloggers - Twitter and Instagram.

Go on a Following Spree

When starting out, you will almost certainly have to follow someone for them to follow you in return, so identify individuals beneficial to you and follow them. The best case scenario is that they follow you back. The worst case scenario is that they don't, but by following them you will still be able to see all the useful content that they share.

A good way to ensure that your feed is full of truly genuine opportunities for engagement is to go on a following spree. 

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How to Find Your Best Times to Post on Social Media

Have you ever wondered if people are actually seeing what you post on social media?

Your latest blog post, that question you wanted answering, your exciting announcement - it’s great to tweet about them. But what happens if no one is actually seeing your updates?

Social media is one of the best ways to get yourself out there in front of your audience. You can build relationships, share your content and truly make a name for yourself. In 2016, there are even Instagram stars - that just shows you how powerful social media can be.

But I believe that you can’t just use your social channels as and when you want to. I used to use them like this - posting what I wanted, when I wanted. Becoming a serious blogger make me completely change my view.

I believe that social media can’t be used without some sort of strategy - a strategy that involves timing.

Lots of things come into play when it comes to posting to Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. And one of the biggest questions that always comes into play is, “when should I post my latest update?”

That’s what Day 17 in the #BloggingBreakthrough challenge is here to tell you.

So let’s start with the basics - I know you’re all savvy. I know you’ve got common sense. I know you know that 4am isn’t going to be the best time to post a link to your latest blog post, because it’s likely that hardly anyone will read it.

Just as you know that lunchtime is a great time to tweet and Snapchat, because people are highly likely to be checking their social updates on their lunch break.

When I first started blogging, this is how I worked out my social schedule. I thought about the times that my audience were likely to be online, looked at some research, and picked my timings based on those things. Here are some facts that I found originally:

  • Weekend posts on Facebook get more engagement
  • During the week, it’s best to post to Facebook in the early afternoon
  • You’ll get the best engagement on Twitter in the afternoon
  • Instagram is always active
  • Pinterest is the best referrer of traffic
  • Never post a LinkedIn update during work hours

Looking at those facts for social media, it really narrows down the times when you want to post.

For instance, you definitely want to post something around lunchtime. Then there’s early morning and around 5pm as people are getting to and from work. And anytime in the evening.

But you can get even more specific than that.

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Why You Need to Update Your About Page & Profile Pics

What’s one of the most important pages on your website? What’s one of the places where first-time visitors will go to get to know a bit more about you? Know the answer?

Your “About” page.

This is one of the most useful, and will probably be one of the most popular pages on your site. It’s where your readers, whether they’re new or not, can go to learn more about who you are, what do you and why you’re doing it.

Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Yep, it is. And there are blog posts upon blog posts out there that will tell you how you can create a killer About page.

But that’s not what today’s about. That’s not the point. Day 16 in the #BloggingBreakthrough challenge isn’t here to tell you what you need to put in your About page. It’s here to tell you why you should update it regularly and how to do just that.

Now that leads me onto a very important question to ask you.

When was the last time you updated your About page?

Think about it. I read blogs every single day. More often than not, I’ll head to their About page. But the information will either be really really short or just completely out of date.

When you’re constantly trying to attract new readers to your blog - even though you might not actively be doing this all the time - it’s not the best thing when your About page is “old”.

So writing one up to make it the best About page ever is great and something you should definitely do. But do you just leave it forever once it goes live?

Hell no!

When Should I Update My About Page?

We can split this up into three scenarios:

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How to Tidy up Your Blog's Menu and Sidebar

Have you ever gone onto a new blog, read an article and REALLY wanted to read more from the person...I mean they had such an awesome blog post....but then you take one look at the navigation and the sidebar, and you can't seem to figure out where the rest of the blog posts are?

The menu is cluttered with topics that don't make sense, the sidebar is full of unrelated ads and buttons from random "organizations" that the blog is apart of. And yet you can't find anymore posts to read ANYWHERE.

After a quick scan of course, you give up and click out of the page. Too bad, you really liked that first article.

We've all been there right?

Let's talk about actions that you can take to be sure that your menu and sidebar are user friendly and easier to navigate.

The first rule, that applies to both sidebars AND menus is to keep it simple and give as few options as possible.

Often, we think that by breaking up our content into tons of tiny categories or having a bunch of different pages, we are sure to meet everyone's needs when they come to our website. When actually, we have much more difficulty deciding what we want when there are too many options.

Think about visiting a big city with a ton of new, different restaurants, all with different foods and a good variety - you'll more than likely have a hard time deciding on where you want to eat and sit and debate about it until you end up drawing restaurant names out of a hat to decide. Now think about visiting a small town with only two restaurant options - maybe one is pizza and one is a diner. Your choice is going to be MUCH easier in the small town.

Although we like the idea of different choices, and maybe all of those choices ARE wonderful, people on the internet do not often spend time searching through each of these options available on your site. They like clear, defined choices so that they can get exactly where they want to go with just half a second of looking.

So what does this mean for you?

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How to Find Your Own Unique Image Style

This is one of the fun parts! Researching and determining what image styles will suit your blog should be enjoyable (especially if you’re a Pinterest freak like me) and not time consuming. I know it’s easy to get sucked in and start collecting a million ideas, then agonizing over what will actually work. So let’s break it down and get you some gorgeous images!



What Do You Love & What Does Your Audience Love?

This is probably something you think about often when considering your blog and who you’re trying to reach. And it plays a big role in finding imagery that works for you. 

First and foremost, anything you do has to strike a chord in your heart and then you can think about others. So when you’re looking at images make sure they light you up, feel inspiring, and resonate with who YOU are. 

Once you have that piece you can start incorporating how the images relate to your audience and what they love to see. Obviously some common sense should come into play here - if your blog is about chic interior design, posting selfies of you and your cat probably won’t win your audience over. Find that sweet overlap between what you love and what your audience loves and that will guide your images.

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Why You Need To Try Publishing Content Every Day

This online space has been running for over two years now. But I've actually enjoyed it and learnt the most about it during these past six months. This is my number one side project above all others, and it makes me so happy to create content for you and interact with you all each day.

Don’t get me wrong – it’s not easy. There have been plenty of tears and stress levels have been high. But it’s been more valuable and rewarding than I ever could have imagined. Now, I couldn't imagine my life without this blog. I know it won’t stay the same – it’ll grow as my life does. But I want it to always be there.

But there’s something I always wanted to try – daily blogging. When I first started out, I posted three times a week. Then for a while I went up to five posts a week. As of this year, I'm pushing myself to publish a blog post every single day.

Why? Well that’s exactly what this post is going to tell you.

On Day 12 of the #BloggingBreakthrough challenge, I want to talk to you about why you should definitely consider blogging consistently for a whole week. By the time you’ve finished reading this post, I think you’ll start to see the benefits.

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Why You Should Always Write About What Inspires You

Not so long ago, I found myself in the depths of my worst ever blogging rut. It's a situation that most bloggers will be familiar with: I grew more and more reluctant to write and photograph, and became increasingly convinced that I wasn't good enough, creative enough or talented enough to be blogging at all.

The answer was of course a simple one... My concerns about "branding" and "fitting in" meant that I was rushing to hit publish on posts that didn't resonate with me. Instead of being excited to write and share my content, I was left feeling flat and drained, unable to think of a way forward.

If this is where you are now, today's post is just a friendly reminder that we all end up here. Blog for long enough and you are bound to hit a low; it's just part and parcel of being creative. To help get you moving forwards, here is my very best advice for finding the posts you love to write...


I ended up not blogging for around 3 months, but this lull ended up being exactly what I needed. Removed from the pressure of sticking to a schedule and meeting readers' expectations, I could clearly see that the problem was not that I was lazy or stupid: I was simply no longer in love with the content I was sharing. 

By Her Mirror was a beauty blog at the time, and the step back gave me a chance to realise that beauty posts weren't the ones that satisfied me most. Lifestyle and photography pieces were the ones I was excited to share, and that felt authentically me. I realised that for By Her Mirror, this meant a shift in focus was needed; I said goodbye to beauty content and I haven't looked back.

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A Space of One's Own

Finding a space in which to work that makes you comfortable and free is an essential part of developing your voice.

How often has someone told you not to work in bed? That you should create an area in which you can be strict with yourself and focus, probably at a desk or kitchen table.

The people telling you to work that way will only have had your best interests at heart. They will have been teachers, tutors, parents, whoever and they’re correct - but only to a degree.

What's essential to being able to write, is having a space that is entirely your own, somewhere you can disappear into your own thoughts, theories and ideas.

And if you’re in your pyjamas under the covers, who cares?

In A Room Of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf wrote: “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

While Woolf used the rest of her famous essay to put forward some of the trailblazing feminist theories that shape our thinking today, the practicalities of the situation remain the same as they were in 1929. It is essential for a writer to have personal space in which to write.

So while it might not be ideal to write from your bed, and you should try to ensure that you have the correct orthopaedic support, if your room is the only place that you have to write privately, then you should write there.

Whether you live with your parents, with friends or housemates, distractions are everywhere. Coffees being made, dinner being prepared, discussions about the day at work, university or school, all waiting to suck your attention away.

Writers need to be able to lock into a thought process and get thoughts onto paper as soon as possible, without being distracted by the delicious smells of a Sunday roast.


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How to Create the Perfect Structure to Your Day

Building a structure into your day is an important and useful habit to become accustomed to, and if blogging is factored into that, even better. As part of the #BloggingBreakthrough challenge so far, I sat down and really thought about what I wanted my blog to be this year. This involved where it had come so far in 2015, and also where I want to make improvements, inspiring me to write a list of Blog Goals for 2016.

You may notice that right at the top of the list is “blog more regularly” – something that in my fledgling first nine months of blogging I have found difficult to grasp, with some weeks posting nearly daily and others only once. Having usually planned a whole bunch of great posts, not only does this push your schedule back, the sporadic nature can be irritating to your followers and appear erratic.

Therefore this year on Wooden Window Sills, I'm determined to design (and more importantly stick to) a regular calendar, both for blogging and more generally in life. Don’t know where to start? That’s exactly what Day 9 of the #BloggingBreakthrough Challenge is here for!

How Do I Start?

Firstly, use some of the pointers given on days 1-8 of this challenge. Trust me, they will be amazingly useful. For blogging in particular I especially refer to Day 4 on planning your editorial calendar, and equally yesterday’s Day 8 on writing lists. Because ultimately, the key to organization is both of these things – planning when you’re going to do things, and making lists of what you want to achieve.

I tend to use three calendar systems in my day to day life, and the beauty is, you may choose to not use any of them! The main thing here is finding what works best for you, so that it fits into your life and is easy to stick to.

What System Do I Choose?

To start, think about what style suits you.

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